Gre(v)en(ts): Permaculture Presentations & Intensives

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Lesley Byrne, international permaculture teacher
and trainer, will give presentations in Ithaca
on Sept 25 & 26, 2013

“What’s it like over there?”
If you are interested in hearing about the realities of working internationally in permaculture, agriculture, women’s development, schools, health care systems, youth, or other grassroots movements
, please join us for Lesley’s presentation, then dialog with her about these and other topics:

How do you get a foot in the door?
How do you prove yourself professionally?
How can you be culturally competent?
How can you live simply abroad and thrive?

This evening is open to all.
Lesley will highlight the realities for women working in the field.

Join us for this event on September 25, at 7pm, in the First Neighborhood (FROG) Common House at Ecovillage at Ithaca.

A self-determined sliding scale admission of $5-$20 can be paid at the door. Time Bank credits are also accepted for admission. Learn more about how to join Tompkins Time Traders at

For more information, contact

At Ithaca College, as part of the Sustainability Speaker Series, Lesley will present her work, “Regenerating Rusinga Island Through Permaculture.”

In December of 2012, Lesley was invited by Permaculture Research Institute Kenya to teach a permaculture design course to subsistence farmers on Rusinga Island. At that time, she learned about the history of environmental degradation of the island that continues from the colonial legacy. Since then, Lesley has returned to Kenya for a series of workshops to assist the development of an organic farmers association and a permaculture demonstration site at the local health clinic which supports the nutrition and health of individuals with AIDS and HIV. The local community is self-determining efforts to regenerate the landscape while ensuring food and water security, as well as economic and community development

This event will take place on Sept 26, from 7-9 p.m., in Textor Hall, room 103.
For more information, or to request accommodations for disabilities, please contact Marian Brown at: or 274-3787. Please make requests for accommodations as soon as possible.

Both of these events are brought to you by:

Ithaca College Sustainability Initiative
SEED Sustainability Consulting
Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute
Ecovillage at Ithaca

Edible Ecosystems Emerging:

9-Day Forest Garden Design Intensive

October 5-14, Summertown, TN

with Dave Jacke and Friends

Forest ecosystems exhibit many beneficial properties we humans would be wise to emulate in our culture, agriculture and horticulture:

  • they maintain, renew, fertilize and propagate themselves without human inputs;
  • they build, store, and conserve clean air, clean water, nutrients, soil quality, and biodiversity; and they exhibit stability, resilience, and adaptability.

These qualities emerge from the dynamics of the forest as a whole system, not from any one or more of the elements that comprise the forest alone.  To design productive edible ecosystems that express these same qualities, we must understand forest structures, functions, patterns, and processes and use this knowledge wisely.

[During this] nine-day intensive course, you will dive deeply into the vision, theory, and practice of designing wholesome, dynamic, and resilient edible ecosystems using temperate deciduous forests as models.  Dave Jacke and his locally- and regionally-based teaching teams will offer lectures, site walks, and experiential exercises to help you understand how the architecture, social structure, underground economics, and successional processes of natural forests apply to the design of edible ecosystems of all kinds.  You’ll learn a variety of ecological design processes while designing a range of food-producing ecologies at our host farms.  We’ll also engage with issues of garden management, economics, and the deep paradigmatic shifts required to succeed at cocreating “humanatural” landscapes and cultures.  You will leave inspired and empowered to design food forests at home for yourself, and your friends, neighbors and clients.

Spiral Ridge Permaculture Gardens lies on  6.7 acres of sloping, previously clearcut and eroded ridgeline east of The Farm in Summertown, TN.  Cliff Davis, Jen Albanese and their three children have begun to repair their land with permaculture techniques while developing the land’s productive potential.  With earthworks and early-successional buildings in place, enriching and diversifying the landscape with multi-purpose crops takes priority.  We’ll design medium and small-scale forest gardens and agroforestry systems for human and livestock food with an eye towards long-term successions.  We’ll also track designs from last year’s course that have been implemented.Additional Staff:
Cliff Davis has extensively practiced and studied permaculture, natural building, tree care, and land stewardship in tropical, subtropical, dryland, and temperate climates.  After helping others start and manage their own farms and homesteads for a long time, he and Jen have homesteaded at Spiral Ridge for two years while consulting and designing for other folks.  Apprentice teachers Jessie Smith and Wade Austin both took last year’s FGDI at Spiral Ridge with Dave.

Costs:  Sliding scale: $1,200 to $1,600

  • Tuition includes all course materials, all meals, homestays or tent space, & complete (rustic) facilities.
  • All payments above $1,200 go directly to our scholarship fund!
  • Scholarship candidates please email Spiral Ridge for an application.
  • Scholarship candidates please email for an application (see below).

Donations to our scholarship fund are greatly appreciated.  Contact Cliff Davis for more information.


Questions:  Please contact:, (931) 231-4099.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County presents on the 2013 Green Buildings Open House tour.

Saturday & Sunday, October 5-6 10:00am-4:00pm

Visit 21 homes that use renewable energy and/or eco-friendly building practices. Homeowners and/or green building professionals will be on-site to answer your questions and describe their building’s green features — such as energy-efficient appliances, passive solar design, photovoltaics, wind power, salvaged and non-toxic building materials, local lumber, strawbale construction and much more!

Friday Special Event: Putting Green Building to Work for You” – a panel discussion with local green builders and experts

At the Sustainability Center, 111 N. Albany St, Ithaca, 6-8p, reception 5:30, Free and open to the public

Come find out how you can make the most of green building methods, materials and technologies; make your home perform better for energy savings and improved indoor air quality; use local and reclaimed materials to save money and lower your environmental impact; design your home to both passively and actively make the most of solar energy; and much more!

Guillermo Metz (Cornell Cooperative Extension – Tompkins) will moderate a discussion with Brent Katzmann (Balance Studio and Warren Homes), Jon Harrod (Snug Planet), Craig Modisher (Ironwood Builders), Joe Sliker (Renovus), and ej George (certified green building educator).

NOTE: Our tour takes place over two days, with half of the homes open on Saturday, and half on Sunday for self-guided tours (except Ecovillage, which will give guided tours at noon and 2 on Saturday). Visitors may view participating sites between 10:00am and 4:00pm each day. Please visit sites ONLY on the days that the owners have agreed to be open!



FREE PRINTED MAPS Iincluding a site matrix that lists all the sites and their green features) will be available the week before the tour at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, 615 Willow Ave., Ithaca, and at businesses throughout Tompkins County (see list below). See what sites are open each day, and plan your itinerary! (Google Map coming soon!)

  • Groton at Baker-Miller Lumber (102 W. Cortland St.)
  • Ithaca at CCE-Tompkins, the Sustainability Center, Home Green Home, Greenstar Cooperative Market and Oasis, Ithaca Bakery, Cayuga Lumber, Mimi’s Attic, Old Goat Gear Exchange, Ithaca Coffee Company, all three Gimme! Coffee locations downtown, Tompkins County Public Library, Alternatives Credit Union, Cayuga Lumber, Tompkins County Visitors Center, and the Piggery
  • Newfield at the Public Library
  • Lansing at Finger Lakes ReUse, Triphammer Wines, and the Ithaca Coffee Company
  • Groton at Baker-Miller Lumber
  • Trumansburg at Millspaughs Lumber and Gimme! Coffee
  • Brooktondale at Brookton’s Market
  • Danby at the Danby Town Hall

More to come!

Wristband Admission

To help make the Green Buildings Open House a self-sustaining event, visitors are asked to purchase a wristband for $5. Proceeds help cover event costs not met by advertising sales and grant funds. Wristbands are $5 and are good for admission to all sites over both days. Children under 18 are FREE and no one will be turned away, but we encourage you to support the event if you are able. 

Wristbands can be pre-purchased at Cooperative Extension (615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca), Home Green Home (on the Commons in Ithaca), Greenstar Cooperative Market (701 W. Buffalo St., Ithaca), the Sustainability Center (111 N. Albany St., Ithaca), and at select sites during the Open House (please check back for more information about which sites).


Guillermo Metz
Green Building & Renewable Energy Program Coordinator
(607) 272-2292 ext 185

Photo of The Garden in Jawasweri School from Worldwide Permaculture Network

2 responses to “Gre(v)en(ts): Permaculture Presentations & Intensives

    • Hi there! I’m just trying to do my little part, even if it’s only spreading the word and maybe inspiring someone else to join in the sustainable movement. Thank you for checking in!

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